Watch a few short video about Hungary
2. I flinch when people pronounce or even write Hungary as Hungry.
Well, let me tell you that Hungarians are very well fed, and they're hungry when they go on a diet after a holiday feast.
About the "Hungarian goulash" that is nothing more than elbow noodles cooked with ground beef and tomato sauce, I assure you that it's not Hungary's national food the "gulyas".
The gypsy music is part of the Hungarian culture, but there is so much more. Watch the videos below about Hungarian music, dance and my favorite composer, Ferenc Liszt
The Gabor sisters were not the only Hungarian born celebrities and famous people. Watch these videos, you will be surprised how many of your favorite actors and famous people and inventors were either born in Hungary, or the descendants of Hungarians.
I am proud to be an American, and also proud of my Hungarian heritage. People don't know much about this small country in Europe. They don't know the history of Hungary or where this beautiful country is located,
Usually goulash, gypsy music and Zsazsa Gabor pops into people's minds when Hungary is mentioned.
Well, there is so much more to the place where I was born.
I have to admit, I flinch when people tell me:
1. Oh, Hungary is that Eastern European country
Nope, Hungary is located in Central Europe.
About the Hungarian language:
It is a fact the the English is considered to be the richest of languages with a vocabulary of 600,000 to 800,000 words.
But, I found this bit of interesting fact:
In a book entitled Hungary, Essential Facts published by MTI Media Bank a journalist, Tamas Vladar, states that ''the Hungarian vocabulary is estimated to be between 800,000 and 1,060,000 words'' and,
being an agglutinative language, ''computer analysis has shown that Hungarian has some 27 billion inflected, affixed words and word fragments''.
Ancient Hun writing called "Rovasiras"
Thank you for taking time to learn a little bit about Hungary.
If you're in the mood for some reading after watching the videos, check out my "The ancestors' Secrets" series and read about ancient Hun legends that I included in this fantasy tale.
In Hungary, where I grew up, it is a tradition to hang special candy on the tree that is made only for Christmas. This candy is, in fact, a small bon bon filled with various flavored filling such as chocolate, vanilla, chestnut, fruit flavored jelly or caramel.
It was always a family night decorating the tree, listening to Christmas music and making decorations. I made strings from popcorn, glued shiny, colored paper and cut out small snowflakes from white paper. My dad painted walnuts with gold and silver paint, and mom tied the candy with strings or thin ribbons into pairs and hung them on the tree branches.
My dad had a sweet tooth, and I love sweets too, but we were forbidden by mom to touch the candy until Christmas morning.
I was about four or five years old, when dad said to me, “You’re a big girl now, and I’m going to show you a trick.”
He showed me how to slide the candy out from the wrapper and smooth the paper back, so it looks like there is candy inside it.
Mom was satisfied that all the candy remained on the tree, but I think she missed the signs of my dad and I being in and out of sugar high and sugar coma, for days before Christmas.
Christmas morning came, and after we had opened the presents, mom said, “Now we can eat the candy.”
She reached up to take one, but when she touched it, the shiny wrapper flattened between her fingers. She touched the candies one by one but couldn’t find a single wrapper with candy inside it.
I felt guilty and looked at dad. He had a sheepish look on his face and apologized to mom, “Sorry honey, this was the first year that I showed my trick to Erika, so I guess we ate all the candy and didn’t leave any for you.”
Mom laughed, “It’s okay, but next year leave some on the tree for me.”
So, from then on, it became a tradition to “steal” one-third of the candy off the tree by me and dad. On Christmas morning mom, because she wasn’t that fond of sweets, shared her one-third of candy with us.
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